In their final tune-up before Region 3 play, Hunter demonstrated why it will be one of the top teams in the state.
The Wolverines simply outclassed non-region opponent Lone Peak in a 21-0 victory Friday night. Hunter remained perfect on the season at 4-0, while Lone Peak remained winless at 0-4.
"I think I'm very pleased, obviously," Hunter coach Wes Wilcken said. After scoring more than 40 points in each of their first three games, Hunter actually struggled to find the end zone against a gritty Lone Peak defense.
Junior Matt Asiata led the Wolverines on the ground with 141 yards on 19 carries. Asiata scored twice from 32 and 31 yards, respectively. His bookend strikes came in the first and final quarters of the game. Teammate Tauni Vakapuna added 106 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
"They're good ones," Wilcken said of his running backs. "They're solid kids, and good students."
Vakapuna, the elder of the two running backs, maintains a 3.8 GPA. He has been recruited by several Ivy league schools in addition to the in-state schools. Asiata will probably receive similar attention next year.
In between Asiata's strikes, Hunter quarterback Jeff Wadsworth found Jesse Nichol for a 7-yard touchdown strike. The 21 points was more than enough for Hunter's defense. TheWolverines rarely allowed Lone Peak any sustained drives en route totheir second shutout of the season.
"The kids make the 'D'," Wilcken said. "We've got some kids that absolutely fly to the ball."
While Lone Peak coach Monte Morgan was disappointed with the loss, he was pleased with the way his team competed.
"Hunter is a great football team," Morgan said. "I'm proud of my team. I thought we played tremendously hard."
The loss against Hunter concluded a death march of sorts for the Knights. Lone Peak played the toughest non-region schedule in recent memory. Before Hunter, the Knights registered losses against 4 A contender Bountiful, 5A favorite Northridge, and 4A power Timpview.
When Lone Peak travels to Pleasant Grove next Friday, they will be favored for the first time all season. On the other hand, with a perfect pre-season record, Hunter can finally now focus on Region 3 play.
The Wolverines will host Cottonwood next Friday in their first Region 3 game.
"I'll tell you what, we are aching to get to Cottonwood," Wilcken said. "Let me just tell you, we are going to get after them like they've never seen before."
CLEARFIELD 28, WEBER 13: No. 3 Clearfield utlilized Austin Neville's kickoff return and 93 yards on the ground as the Falcons down the Warriors.
NORTHRIDGE 35, LAYTON 3: The top-ranked Knights jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, and cruised to the victory past their rivals.
VIEWMONT 16, DAVIS 13:Trevor Heiner kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal with two minutes remaining in the game.
ALTA 21, BRIGHTON 7:Beau Enslow rushed for 182 yards for the fourth-ranked Hawks as they ran up and down on the Bengals improving to 3-0 on the season. The Bengals drop to 1-3.
JORDAN 14, COPPER HILLS 6:Phil Poloa rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Beetdiggers to their second victory of the season.
HILLCREST 28, RIVERTON 14: Hillcrest's Zack Johanson carried the ball 19 times for 201 yards while scoring four touchdowns in a win over Riverton. Fesi Satake recovered two fumbles for the Huskies.
EAST 47, WEST 12:Asi Tuakoi rushed for three touchdowns and more than 200 yards in leading the No. 4 Leopards to a big victory over the Panthers.
BOUNTIFUL 31, CYPRUS 7: No. 1 Bountiful had little trouble with Cyprus in a Region 5 win. Jace Wood had eight tackles and one assist in a strong defensive show for the Braves.
OLYMPUS 55, WOODS CROSS 22: The Titans were led on the ground by Max Moala and his three-touchdown contribution to down Woods Cross in an offensive-heavy game.
JUAN DIEGO 34, SOUTH SUMMIT 14:Chad Vaculin rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Marquis Wilson scored once on a catch, and once on a punt return. The top-ranked Soaring Eagle racked up 323 yards on the ground.
JUAB 13, GRAND 7 (OT): Grand's Colby Ence missed a potential game-winning field goal from 51-yards out failing to break the 7-7 stalemate. Rex Memmott plowed in the winning touchdown in overtime for Juab.
MANTI 26, NORTH SUMMIT 13:Taylor Salanoa had 121 yards on only nine carries for the No. 3-ranked Templars as they defeated the Braves in the 2A North Region.
MILLARD 40, NORTH SEVIER 0: Millard's Ethan Stephensen rushed for 233 yards while Maben Larsen threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a shutout win over North Sevier. The second-ranked Millard team held North Sevier to a meager 45 yards of total offense.
SAN JUAN 20, SOUTH SEVIER 13:Travis Halladay rushed for 61 yards and scored two touchdowns for San Juan in a Region 2A South win. Wade Meacham had 93 receiving yards in the losing effort for South Sevier.
KANAB 26, RICHFIELD 6: Kanab rushed for a team total 217 yards as the Cowboys beat up on the Wildcats. Kanab remains unbeaten in 2A South.
ENTERPRISE 39, MILFORD 6: The Wolves secured their no. 2 ranking with a win over Milford. Kody Phelps rushed for 95 yards on 25 carries and scored five touchdowns. The team's defense forced two safeties. The Tigers had solid play by quarterback Matt Jenkins who went 11-for-16 for 132 yards and a touchdown.
PAROWAN 42, WHITEHORSE 0:Bradley Long had an offensive and defensive touchdown for No. 3 ranked Parowan in a shutout win over Whitehorse.
SNOW CANYON 22, UINTAH 7: Number two-ranked Snow Canyon was able to overcome nine team penalties and three turnovers to keep their record perfect against the Utes.
BEAVER 36, GUNNISON 28: Beaver scored 36 in the first half and it was enough as they beat Gunnison 36-28.
BEAR RIVER 3, PRESTON, IDAHO 0:Joel Harris and Devin Gibbs led an outstanding defensive effort by the Bears in the out-of-state match-up. Kicker Jason Zundel scored the only points of the game with a fourth-quarter field goal for the fourth-ranked Bears.
BOX ELDER 37, GRANGER 17: Box Elder's Beau Herbert rushed for three touchdowns included in his 21 carries and 100 yards. The third-ranked Bees blew the game open in the fourth quarter to down the Lancers.
CARBON 2, WASATCH 0:Justin Blackham punted the Dino's out of tough spots in a defensive battle.
PARK CITY 41, GRANTSVILLE 10:Woody Sideris rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns as the Miners downed Grantsville. Kyle Odland had 161 yards rushing for Park City.
PINE VIEW 34, ROY 14:Austin Blake had nine carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Kip Woolsey had 103 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns for 3A's top-ranked Panthers in their convincing win over the 4A Royals.
MORGAN 29, CEDAR 6:Drew Hadley went 7-for-12 passing with no interceptions and one touchdown in the Trojans' victory. Defensively, teammate Jeff Manning had 10 unassisted tackles and two assisted. The offensive and defensive lines, a k a "The Hogs," did an outstanding job all game.
BONNEVILLE 24, MOUNTAIN VIEW 7:Tanner Jugler had 16 carries for 82 yards as Bonneville downs Mountain View for a nonregion victory.
KEARNS 21, OGDEN 10: The Cougars earned a victory behind the strong rushing game of Tyrell Gonzalez, who rushed for 180 yards. Kicker Kyle Help kicked two field goals and Anthony Webb ran for two touchdowns. Defensively the Tigers were led by Alejandro Aleves who had five sacks on the night.
SPANISH FORK 19, TIMPANOGOS 13:Aaron Davies rushed for 219 yards on 28 carries in leading the Dons to victory over Timpanogos. The T-Wolves almost came back from a 19-0 deficit, but a pass into the end zone on the game's final play was knocked away.
COTTONWOOD 13, PAYSON 9: Payson got to the 10 yard line, but couldn't convert as time ran out giving the Colts their first win of the season.
SKY VIEW 27, NORTH SANPETE 21: Bobcat quarterback Ted Stokes pased for 198 yards on 17 of 21 attempts in leading Sky View past 3A's third-ranked Hawks. North Sanpete scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting.
RICH 27, WEST SIDE, IDAHO 18:BrandonEnns rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries for Rich, while teammate Sean Weston had 123 yards on 23 carries. Lineman Zack Argyle blocked a punt, which led to a Rich touchdown.
SKYLINE 56, MOUNTAIN CREST 13:MitchReid scored two touchdowns for the Eagles as they cruise to the victory against the Mustangs 56-13.
UNION 18, BEN LOMOND 8: The Cougars squeak by with a win in a game riddled with turnovers.
TOOELE 41, JUDGE MEMORIAL 6: The Buffaloes pounded the Bulldogs in a nonregion contest.